Pick A Peach

What I’m Listening to: First by Cold War Kids

I had a very long post (by my standards) written out for this post, it used all kinds of illiteration and adjectives, just the thing to make my old writing 200 teacher very happy. But let’s be real, you don’t want to hear me wax nostalgic about a peach farm you’re never going to visit, so I did us both a favor and scrapped it. The gist of my day was: I went to a U-pick peach farm in rural Arkansas and it was such a beautiful day outside that afterwards I dragged everyone to this little historical site just to hang out and enjoy the day a little more. It was such a fun day, the kind that makes you understand why 2/3rds of all songs on the radio are just based off the concept of summer. (Though arguably I think they should definitely sing some more about peaches, because they were amazing.)

Peace, 

Kathleen-June

September of Peace

What I’m Listening To: Daddy Sang Bass by Johnny Cash

Your suspicions are correct. Every Sunday for the month of September I’ll be doing a short devotional. Each will tie in with the larger message of why the world, and the trials that we face during our time in it, present us with the opportunity to become better Christians, not worse. As for the name? I’m calling it ‘September of Peace’ because September is a month of relative quiet, a sanctuary between the end of summer and the beginning of the holidays. I hope that you will follow along with me on this journey as we attempt to find peace in the Lord this (pre) holiday season.

Peace (literally)

KJ

Blueberry Picking + Cobbler

What I’m listening to: He’s a Rebel by The Crystals

It’s June. That means the beginning of summer, avoiding your third cousin’s wedding invite, and of course, blueberry season. I’ve gone u-picking for years, but for the non-hippie children in the back I’ll elaborate. Basically it means you drive out to a farm and spend a couple hours battling bugs, heat and the odd small animal for the right to search for blueberries you could buy at Kroger. Except that u-pick blueberries will be the most amazing blueberries you’ve ever had. The endless piles of berries that you heaped in your plastic bucket will be gone within a matter of days (they make the most amazing desserts). So anyways, here is my absolutely factual recipe for blueberry cobbler, from farm to table. (And yes, you are allowed to punch me for saying something so pretentious.) 

First step is to find your local u-pick place. They’ll give you a bucket, and off you go. If the blueberries are ripe they’ll be indigo and almost fall off the branch. 

(If they look like the berries shown above, move along, they’re not ready.)

 Now that you’ve picked all those blueberries, take a well deserved break. After all, you just did hard labor your great-grandparents would have considered a vacation. Now you’re ready to go home and make your cobbler. Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 casserole dish 

1/2 cup butter

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup white sugar

1 cup milk

3 cups blueberries

First, melt the butter and pour it into the casserole dish.

Next, mix the flour, sugar and milk together in a separate bowl. 

 Once it looks like the above picture, pour it directly onto the butter. DO NOT MIX! 

 It should now look like this. Pat yourself on the back, you’re almost done. Now dump the blueberries on top of everything. (Yes, on top. And don’t even think about mixing it.)

 Throw it (not literally) into the oven at 350 for an hour. 

All done! Top with ice cream (I know, I know, I’m betraying my Georgia roots but ice cream beats whipped cream any day of the week in my book.) 

 And enjoy! Seriously though, just to give you an idea of how many blueberries were picked here’s a bonus picture. 

 I’m gonna go eat cobbler. 

Peace

KJ

Advent Day 6

What I’m Listening to: Meet Me Under The Mistletoe by Randy Travis

Welcome to Day 6 of our Advent series! If you’re up to speed, congrats(!), if not, be sure to check out the previous posts. The first one explains a little more about the series. Now, here’s today’s reading from Matthew. 

 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.                          

                          Matthew 1:18-19 (NIV)

This Christmas, there are many gifts that we will receive, from video games, to new clothes, to the God-giving blessings that we to often overlook. God gives us four main gifts, each of which I’ll be talking about over the next few days. Today we will be talking about the gift of love. Joseph had the gift of love, both for the Lord, as well as for Mary. Everyone has the gift of love, but we often don’t offer it to one another. We worry that we will be rejected or made fun of if we try to love people. We must remember that we, as Christians, understand the love the God offers us. It is our duty to love one another as He loved us. 

Prayer Prompt: Ask God to show you someone who needs your love. It could be a friend, a family member or even a stranger. 

Advent Day 5

What I’m listening to: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
Welcome to Day 5 of our Advent series! If you’re up to speed, congrats(!), if not, be sure to check out the previous posts. The first one explains a little more about the series. Now, let’s go back to where we last left off in Luke. 

 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”

                        Luke 1:38 (NIV) 

Have you ever felt yourself wanting to shirk your God-given responsibilities? Whether that be not wanting to read your Bible, or go on a mission trip, it’s often feels like it would be “better” to just not do something. Here, Mary has been told that she, a girl who isn’t married yet, in ancient times, will become pregnant. She doesn’t tell God that she’ll have to think about it. She doesn’t ask “why me?”. She simply accepts her responsibility. Sometimes when things seem hard, it can be easy to want to give up. However, we must remember that God never gives us more than we can handle. Even if something seems impossible, God will find a way for his will to come to fruition. 

Prayer Prompt: Pray for guidance from the Lord with a responsibility that is weighing on your heart. Remember that you are storing up treasures in Heaven, even if it may seem difficult to do so on Earth. 

Advent Day 4

What I’m listening to: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Dean Martin

Welcome to day four of our Advent series! If you’re up to speed, congrats! If not, be sure to check out my previous posts for more information. Now, onto today’s post! 

 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin? The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

                   Luke 1:34-37 (NIV)

Sometimes, it’s easy to give up on God. We feel like since what we thought he wanted us to do isn’t working out, he must not be paying attention. Here in Luke however, the Bible tells us that “no word from God will ever fail“. If something isn’t working out the way you thought it would, take the time to step back and really pray about it. If God meant for you to do it, it’ll still be there when you get back. If not, that’s okay, he has a plan for you and your life. Just because it’s not what you might have originally thought of, doesn’t mean it’s not what God originally thought of. 

 Prayer Prompt: Pray that you might discover where the Lord is truly leading your heart.  

Advent Day 3

What I’m Listening To: Jingle Bells by Frank Sinatra 

Today is Day 3 of our continuing Advent Reading series! If you missed the first two posts, go ahead and check them out, the first one also explains a little more. If you’re all up to speed already, welcome back! Now for today’s devotional. 

 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

                             Luke 1:29-33 (NIV)

As we get closer to Christmas, it’s easy to lose focus of the true meaning. Whether we get caught up in trying to impress Christmas guests, or distracted by desire for all the things we want, it can be easy to forget the true importance of the season. We are reminded here in Luke of the true awesomeness of Jesus. We celebrate his birth, not just for the worldly things we receive, but to remember the humble way that the Son of God entered this world. This Christmas season, instead of focusing on yourself and the things you want, focus instead on the things that Jesus can provide in your life. While you may know your wants, Jesus knows your needs. 

Prayer Prompt: Ask Jesus to guide you towards the things you need, instead of those things that you don’t. 

Advent Day 1

What I’m listening to: A Marshmallow World by Dean Martin

It’s day one of our Advent Reading Plan! For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook, here’s what’s going on. 

For the next 24 days, I’ll be posting daily devotionals leading up to Christmas. They will use verses that tell the Christmas story from Matthew, Luke, John, and Isaiah. 

So now let’s get started! 

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

                                   John 1:1-5 (NIV) 

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the Lord anticipates all things. We think that a break-up, hurtful word, or mistake has come out of left field. However, we have to remember that just because we didn’t see it coming, doesn’t mean God didn’t. In the these verses from John, he makes the point that since the beginning of time, God knew that he would send his son to die for our sins. It wasn’t a last minute decision  by a God out of options, it was the carefully  crafted plan of an omniscient Creator. Is it possible to have a more encouraging thought to kick off the Christmas season than knowing that we have an all-powerful God who has loved us so fiercely since the beginning? 

Prayer prompt: Today turn something that has been weighing on your heart over to the Lord and ask Him to show you the path and solution that he has created.

Lipstick + Plaid

What I’m listening to: Limetown, Episode 3: Napoleon 

Well, it’s for reals the “Holiday Season” now. Which means pie, gingerbread, and those weird ribbon candies no one who doesn’t remember when California wasn’t a state likes (September 9, 1850 btw). So what’s a better coat for the season than the ever-flattering swing coat? Especially this one in such a cheery plaid! (Did that sound appropriately fashion blogger-y? I feel like yes.) The other thing I’m loving is this nude Yves Saint Laurent lipstick (this one is #22). It works great, especially in the cold, because it hydrates and protects your lips. Kind of like a grown up version of my favorite lip balm of all time Baby Lips. Alas, I must now wrap this post up, somewhere in the world someone is unwittingly purchasing ribbon candy and I must warn them before it’s too late. 

     
      
 

Peace, 

KJ 

Jacket: ChicWish 

Jeans: Blank NYC

Ankle boots: Nine West

Up, Up and Away!

What I’m Listening to: How to be a Heartbreaker by Marina and the Diamonds 

Monday’s don’t have to be sad, sometimes a cheery balloon is the perfect pick-me-up. I’m sorry. I wish I could promise no more puns on this blog but I can’t. It’s physically impossible. Plus, then 93% of my written blog content would be done for. However, that’s a blog for another day. Now, without further ado, (but really because I think I smell cookies in the kitchen) here is my Up, Up and Away! outfit. 

  
    
    
    
 Peace out

KJ

Shirt, skirt and earrings: Kate Spade

Shoes: Nine West

Cocktail ring: Kendra Scott